Leigh North Street


Primary School

We learn together through Questioning, Perseverance and a Positive Mindset.

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Monday 10th - Friday 14th July 2017


This week was the culmination of our dance lessons with Mrs Lawrence and we performed the whole dance sequence from 'Oliver' for the first time!


I was very impressed with how much the children had learnt and how well they performed- I'll be watching the West End cast lists in a few years time!


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Monday 3rd - Friday 7th July 2017


We have been telling hot weather jokes to make us smile this week- we hope they will make you smile too!


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We were very lucky this week to have 2 children visit us from Sandhopper Class- Troy and Lilac.


We asked them some questions about what life was like in Year 2!


They were very articulate and answered all questions very clearly and very honestly- thank you Troy and Lilac!




Monday 26th - Friday 30th June 2017



The sun shone , the children ran and another Sports Day is done!


Well done to everyone who took part- especially the mums and dads and the toddlers!


It was lovely to see the smiles of the children as they took part and as they cheered on their team mates.







Monday 19th - Friday 23rd June 2017


On Thursday we were visited by the Travelling Tuba company!


Westleigh Infants and Chalkwell Infants came to our school to watch with us.


We were all taken on a journey through the years and we saw some amazing instruments.


There was one very,very long horn that was made all from the same tree!


Harry had a very good go at playing it! A natural!




Monday 12th - Friday 16th June 2017


As we have been working so hard this week and the temperature has been rising steadily, the Clownfish team took an executive decision and declared Thursday to be Beach Hut Day!

We painted beach huts, used 2D shapes to draw beach huts, made lift the flap beach huts and made repeating patterns on beach huts.


What a lovely day!





Monday 5th - Friday 9th June 2017


Tilly is the residential horticultural specialist in Clownfish Class!


I brought this beautiful flower in from my garden and asked the children if they knew what is was called. Without hesitation, Tilly raised her hand and said 'peony'- what a star!


Well done Tilly!




On Tuesday it was Maya's birthday and it was also Mrs Rays!


I used this to set up a problem solving activity for Clownfish Class - any excuse for a cake!


I asked the class to work out how many candles Maya would have blown out in her whole life.

The children worked collaboratively and they all identified that an addition sum was needed and all groups arrived at the correct answer- 21!


We also worked out how many candles Mrs Ray would have blown out since she was amazing total of 1176 candles! (we had to use a calculator!) Happy Birthday Maya and Mrs Ray!





Monday 22nd - Friday 26th May 2017


We had a visit from PC Peter and WPC Beth on Monday!


We learnt all about the equipment that a policeman carries and we were all very pleased to know that PC Peter keeps us all safe!



Clownfish Class love a challenge and I asked the children this question....

'Do all tubes of Smarties have the same number of each colour ?'


I gave each group a tube of Smarties and a piece of paper and off they went.....


Each group worked collaboratively and each group recorded their findings slightly differently.




This is what we discovered: each tube does NOT have the same number of each colour, some tubes don't have ANY of some colours and not all tubes have the same number of Smarties!

Some tubes had 31 Smarties in, whilst others had 33!

(No Smarties were harmed-or eaten- in this investigation - although I suspect that Mrs Ray was responsible for the disappearance of several orange  Smarties..........)








Monday 15th - Friday 19th May 2017


We have been following up our Barleyland Farm visit this week. We have written a recount of the day- including lots of details about the activities and using our special recount words, such as 'first', 'next' and 'finally'.


We have also read 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell and here is some of the work that we have done!







Monday 8th - Friday 12th May 2017


Miss Adlam (our Bodycare teacher) has been teaching us the importance of exercising our hearts to keep us healthy.


We have been walking, running, jogging and skipping until we could feel our pulses racing...


Star jumping, squatting and thrusting.....our hearts must be well on the way to being super healthy!





On Friday we had a great time at Barleylands














Monday 1st - Friday 5th May


In our Science work this week we have been revisiting the 4 seasons ( not the ones with Frankie Vally....) and learning the order of the months of the year.


We sorted the months in to the season that they belonged to and we set ourselves the task of finding out which season had most of our birthdays in!


First we made a tally chart showing the birthdays in each month (May had 7!) and then we added together the 3 totals of each month in that season.


And it was Spring that contained 14 birthdays- almost half of the class!





Monday 24th - Friday 28th April 2017


Another busy week in Clownfish Class!


We have been working very hard on our fantasy adventure stories and have very nearly finished them.

In our Science work we have been planting sunflower seeds.........

Now all we need is some WARM sun!!!!






Monday 17th - Friday 21st April 2017


We dressed in red, white and blue on Friday to wish the Queen a very Happy Birthday! 91! Amazing!




Harry, Macey and Frank have made a model of Buckingham Palace- even including the Queen on her throne!






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Wednesday 29th March

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Tuesday 28th March 2017

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Monday 27th March 2017

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Monday 20th - Friday 24th March 2017


This week our school has been lucky enough to play host to The Problem Solving Company.

Each class has had their own time slot to try out some of the activities in the Upper School hall.

We had our session on Wednesday and it was great!


We split into teams and had to arrange the shapes to match the pattern on the instruction card.


Once we had mastered the first one Tom then gave us a more challenging one! Could we do it?


Of course we could!





Monday 13th - Friday 16th March 2017


It is that time of year when Mr Robbins is called upon to put the Maypole up in the hall!


This is one of my favourite things to do in school- the children love it and I enjoy seeing Mrs Ray running round the Maypole keeping ribbons held high so no one is decapitated- she has a 100% success far!





Monday 6th - Friday 10th March 2017


This week in Mathematics we have been portioning 2 digit numbers in to 10's and 1's.


For example 62 = 60 +2


We have been using practical equipment and our arrow cards to help us- as you can see from the photo we were all extremely good at it!




Mrs Lawrence continues to challenge Clownfish Class in our Friday gymnastic lessons!


Forward rolls, star jumps and tricky balances!


Thank you for bringing your children in early for us- we've made it on time each far!







Monday 27th February - Friday 3rd March 2017


This week has been as busy as ever! We have looked at 3 different authors and illustrators- Oliver Jeffers, Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake.



We have found out interesting facts about them by looking at their websites.

Did you know that Oliver Jeffers used to design Christmas cards?

We also dressed as our favourite book characters on World Book Day!



And if that wasn't enough we began our 40 Acts Of Kindness Challenge on Wednesday 1st March!





Monday 20th - Friday 24th February 2017

This week we have been looking at alphabetical order. To be able to make an alphabetical list of toys we had to first identify the initial letter of each word and then look at the alphabet to decide which of the toys should come first on our list.

Can you work it out?





In our Mathematics work this week we have been collecting data and using the data to answer questions.
We wanted to find out the most common eye colour in Clownfish Class.

We made a tally chart and also a pictogram to show the results.

The most common eye colour? BLUE!










Monday 6th - Friday 10th February 2017


We have been learning the art of weighing accurately! Using our balance scales, we have been estimating and then checking how many centicubes ( which very conveniently weigh 1 gram each!) it takes to balance different classroom objects- a rubber, a pencil, a small book etc.


We also learned that 1000 grams = 1 kilogram and we all held the 1 kg weight and all agreed that it was surprisingly heavy!



As well as weighing this week , we have also been doing one of my favourite topics in our History work- Old Toys!





Mrs Ray made a very controversial claim in Clownfish Class this week- she said that she could identify a McVitie milk chocolate digestive just by tasting it! 

Well we couldn't let that go unchallenged now could we!

We set up a taste test with 4 different brands of milk chocolate digestives and we blindfolded Mrs Ray...........

Number 1- Mrs Ray discounted this one straight away- she said it didn't smell right! 

Number 2-  Mrs Ray made an involuntary 'mmmmmmmmmmm' sound! A contender!

Number 3- This one was subjected to a 2nd and then a 3rd nibble- at least 3 sniffs and it was also declared to be a contender!

Number 4- Again this one was discounted straight away- by its weight!

So decision time.........
After a long deliberation Mrs Ray picked a number.......2 it was to be.

We lifted the number 2 flap and..........( drum roll please ) it was a McVities milk chocolate digestive!!!!

Mrs Ray is amazing ( either that or she has eaten a considerable amount of chocolate biscuits in her time!!

Happy Half Term!!




Clownfish Class Assembly


We were really proud on how we worked together as a team to produce and show our class assembly.













Monday 23rd - Friday 27th January 2017


We have been thinking scientifically about 'everyday materials and their uses' this week. We have used our sense of touch to think of words to describe some materials.


We thought about why certain materials are better suited to particular uses than others- we found out that glass is the perfect material for window panes as it is TRANSPARENT. 

We all enjoyed our dice game- a chocolate chair?! That wouldn't be any good now would it!








Monday 16th - Friday 20th January 2017


Another week that has flashed by in Clownfish!

We have welcomed the ASSA team back on a Monday (until half term).

You can see from our photos that everyone looked fantastic on our Under The Sea/ Beachwear day- thank you for all your efforts!

We had a dressing up day on Thursday with an underwater/beach theme! We had Jellyfish, Mermaids, Pirate's, Sailors, Scuba Divers and Beach wear! We had a lot of fun.












Monday 9th - Friday 13th January 2017


Well the weather forecasters have predicted it, the shops are selling out of sledges and Clownfish Class have got their fingers ( and probably their toes as well ) crossed in the hope that it arrives....

What could it be? Have you guessed yet? Of course, it's SNOW!!!

To encourage its arrival we have been learning about the season of Winter and about some of the things that happen in Winter.

Here are some of our snowy winter pictures ( just in case it doesn't actually happen! )





Thursday 5th - Friday 6th January 2017


These 2 days have come as a bit of a shock to us all after the holidays but we have decided that a 2 day week is the way forward!

We have been looking at New Year traditions and we have made our own New Year Resolutions........ here are George and Layla's.....





We will be revisiting them in a few weeks time to see how we are getting on!




Monday 12th - Friday 16th December 2016


Clownfish Class wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!










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Monday 5th - Friday 9th December 2016


This week we have been learning Christmas jokes! Have a look at the video's below:

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Monday 28th - Friday 2nd December 2016


As a warm up for tomorrow's Christmas Decoration Bonanza, we have been writing instructions. We have decided that a good set of instructions should be short, sharp, snappy and understandable and with that in mind we have written instructions on how to decorate our class Christmas tree! Frank, Charlotte, Annemarie and Emily all wrote particularly good instructions which even I could follow....check out our magnificently adorned tree below!




Day: Thursday  Date: 1st December Time: 9.15am- 11.00am Place: Clownfish Classroom




We had a very festive morning and the decorations were splendid ( I did have a little lie down at lunchtime but I soon rallied ).

Thank you so much to all the brave parents who came in and helped- we couldn't have done it without you!






Monday 21st - Friday 25th November 2016


Another very busy week that is starting to look a little bit festive......! We don't want to peak too soon so we are pacing ourselves!

In our mathematics work this week we have been reminding ourselves of the names of some 2D shapes and some of their properties.

We have used the shapes to draw round to make Christmas trees! ( I just couldn't help myself!)





Monday 14th - Friday 18th November 2016


In our Design & Technology work for this half term, we have been exploring the concept of 'stable structures' and focussing on the playground equipment that the children are familiar with, such as swings, slides and climbing frames. We have had a close look at our own active zone equipment and we will be evaluating the equipment in the Library Gardens on our way back from the beach on Thursday.

Meanwhile the children were set the challenge of building the tallest structure they could that would stand up on its own- the drawback was that the they could only use marshmallows and spaghetti!

After an increasingly sticky afternoon, the children had worked out that the base of their structures had to be as firm as they could make it in order to be able to build upwards.

We had some rather impressive results!




On Thursday we had a very busy day!! First we went to the beach to act out the stories that we are going to write that are set at the beach. We took props and our story maps to help us remember the key events. The weather wasn't too bad.......!

When we returned to school we began to write our stories straight away and our visit to the beach really helped to inspire us!





Monday 7th - Friday 11th November 2016


This week we are looking at the digraph 'ay'. We found out that there are many different ways of making the same phoneme- all of the ways below make the long 'a' sound! Amazing!



Yes it was a little chilly but we wore our jogging bottoms and leggings and bravely set off to the AstroTurf! We practised our ball control skills from last week and then we took aim at the goal and we all scored at least 1 brilliant goal! Fingers crossed for a warmer day next Monday!




Monday 31st - Friday 4th November 2016


Welcome back! I hope that you all had a lovely half term.

Clownfish Class have had a very busy week- in fact they are the only sort of week that we have really.........

We have been sorting and classifying animals according to what they eat. We have learnt that animals that eat only meat are called CARNIVORES, animals that eat only plants, grass, berries and nuts are called HERBIVORES and animals that eat both are called OMNIVORES.

We discussed which category we would be as humans and we decided that we are OMNIVORES!



On Monday we had P.E on the AstroTurf with the ASSA team and we learnt new ball control skills and practised them with a partner.

This week we have also been learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. The story of Rama and Sita was very exciting and we found out that the word Diwali means 'row of lamps'. We have made Diva lamps out of clay and coloured Rangoli patterns too!




Monday 17th - Friday 21st October 2016


This week we met up with our Reading Buddies for the very first time. Mrs Middleton was amazed at how grown up the children from Year 4 are now!

As you can see we had a great time finding out about our buddies and we are looking forward to the next time we meet.











This term we have been learning about people who help us and this week we had a visit from the RNLI. We learnt a lot about the lifeboats and how the RNLI help people in Southend.






Monday 10th - Friday 14th October 2016


This week in Clownfish Class we have been investigating odd numbers and even numbers. We have used the carpet 100 square that Mrs Knight bought - it was fantastic! This is what we found out......

If a number ends with a 0,2,4,6 or an 8 then it is an even number. If it ends with a 1,3,5,7 or a 9 then it is an odd number!

Here's one for you.....

Is 3652 an even or an odd number?










Monday 3rd - Friday 7th October 2016


We have all enjoyed our Madhatters Tea Party. Have a look at our wonderful hats!






Monday 26th - Friday 30th September 2016


This week in Clownfish Class we have been learning all about money - the names of all the coins and the value of them. We found out that the number of coins you have does not reflect the actual amount of money that you have.

In Mrs Middletons favourite story, Dogger, Dave loses his toy dog and it ends up on a Toy Stall at the school fete! Dave has to find 5p to buy him back - could we help him?  


Of course we could! 



Mr Gregory also asked for our help when he had to place an important order for school supplies but was too busy to add up the prices - could we help him?


Of course we could!


We also made our own hats and we had to buy the decorations that we wanted to put on them! Here we are wearing them.







Monday 12th - Friday 16th September 2016


We all had a great day celebrating Roald Dahl Day by dressing up as characters from Roald Dahl books!




Monday 5th - Friday 9th September 2016


We have all survived the first week and what a week it has been! We have all settled in to the new routines of Year 1 extremely well.

Amongst other things we have seen a chimney demolished!



Looked at famous artists' self portraits!



And taken our own selfies




We have even found time to dress up and build models with lego!